Wolves secure 5-3 win over Aston Villa in FIFA 20 charity clash
Diogo Jota swapped his boots for his PS4 controller this weekend and earned derby bragging rights after a thrilling 5-3 FIFA 20 win over Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa.
Wolves were due to visit Villa Park in the Premier League at 12.30pm this afternoon before the COVID-19 pandemic led to the postponement of all English football.
But the fixture still took place on FIFA 20 at the same time, as Jota and Konsa went head-to-head, in support of Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Jota was indebted to strike partner Raul Jimenez who scored four of Wolves' five goals in the game before Villa's late comeback proved in vain.
"Wolves against Aston Villa is a fixture I love playing in, with the passion from our fans, and now hopefully this will give them something to get excited about whilst the real games are on hold," said the Portuguese international.
The entire match was given the live commentary experience with Wolves' own radio-king Mikey Burrows at the helm.
Jota himself was on the scoresheet to make it 4-1 to the visitors before Villa replied through Mbwana Samatta and Wesley.
Wolves have been playing games on FIFA 20 in place of their normal Premier League fixtures since the league's suspension - with their dedicated eSports team featuring in those encounters.
This was the first time the club's eSports team will be represented by a first-team player.